xoids - X Window Asteroids style game
is an Asteroids style game which uses full color pixmaps instead of
The main features of the game are:
One or two players
Two player game is either against each other or cooperative
You can bounce off of asteroids if you are moving slow enough
Shots impart inertia on your ship
Shots have relative speed
Asteroids have appropriate masses (realistic physics)
The alien (called the Slurb) tracks players instead of wandering randomly
Thrusting and using hyperspace can overheat your engines
After the game initializes, you will see a main menu, from which there are
several options. Currently, the only Main Menu Option which drops you into a
sub-menu is the Options
menu. At this time, the only option available
is Game Speed. To adjust game speed, select Options
from the main menu
and then use the left and right arrow keys to adjust the speed. The maximum is
100%, and 50% seems to work well on a Pentium 75 machine with an S3 graphics
card running Linux. Experiment.
- This can be pressed by either player and it causes Xoids to
- Pause the game.
- Exit to the Main Menu.
- Increase clock speed.
- Decrease clock speed.
The following keyboard keys are used to control the ship(s).
- UP ARROW
- Activate player ONE's thrust.
- LEFT ARROW
- Turn player ONE's ship to the left.
- RIGHT ARROW
- Turn player ONE's ship to the right.
- RIGHT SHIFT
- Fire player ONE's weapon.
- Cause Player ONE to go into hyperspace (disappear and then appear in a
- Activate player TWO's thrust.
- Turn player TWO's ship to the left.
- Turn player TWO's ship to the right.
- LEFT SHIFT
- Fire player TWO's weapon.
- Cause Player TWO to go into hyperspace (disappear and then appear in a
Five ships are allotted at the beginning of the game. Blast away asteroids and
Slurbs until you are dead.
Points are decremented for dying, but there are unlimited lives. The first
player to reach 20,000 points wins.
The players' ships are linked via an elastic cable and there are unlimited
lives. Still, like Two Player Duel mode, the first player to 20,000 points
wins, which means the game may turn out more competitive than cooperative, but
The second player uses 'C' for 'turn left', 'B' for 'turn right', 'F' for
thrust, left SHIFT for 'Fire', and SPACE for hyperspace.
currently takes no command line options, however, there is an
Options menu available within the game.
There is a problem with window refresh after deiconification. Running xoids
currently causes X Windows autorepeat to die. Use 'xset r on' to turn
autorepeat back on.
is Copyright (C) 1996 by Tim Ebling
Tim Ebling, email@example.com